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Stephens Drive, Longwell Green, Bristol, BS30 7JB


J Caunter


The National Curriculum states, “Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.”

​Our Music Curriculum Intent

At Barrs Court Primary School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children, regardless of their age and stage.

Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. From an early age, we teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. By the time they leave Barrs Court School they are able to talk about the other elements of music such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre and texture. The children are taught how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience.

Music and the Performing Arts are strengths of the school. This was recognised by OFSTED and our Silver Artsmark award.


We have achieved the Arts Council England ARTSMARK SILVER AWARD. Artsmark Awards are given to schools that, following an audit of its arts provision, are recognised as providing a progressive, well balanced arts education programme.

National Curriculum Expectations 


Progression of Skills

FS2 PoS Music

KS1 and 2 PoS Music

What makes Barrs Court special?

  • We perform an annual upper KS2 production; all upper KS2 children are involved and fully immerse themselves in acting, singing and drama.
  • We perform an annual FS2 and KS1 Christmas production; all children sing, dance and act in full costume.
  • All KS2 children partake in an annual Christmas service at Longwell Green Church where we combine traditional Christmas Carols with a modern take on the Nativity.
  • Our annual Harvest assemblies welcome parents into our school and are bursting with singing, drama and dance giving all children, regardless of age and stage, another opportunity to perform.
  • We have a bi-annual ‘Book week’. During the week we partake in lots of drama and story-based activities and enjoy external performers coming into school modelling high quality, professional workshops.
  • We have an annual ‘Arts Week’. Every year there is a different focus (either dance, music or drama) allowing children to be exposed to all elements of the performing arts.
  • Singing at Barrs Court is of a very high quality and can be heard in lessons, whole school and key stage assemblies and in clubs. The children at Barrs Court can sing confidently in rounds and in two-part harmony. Singing from the age of Reception up to year 6 is part of the Barrs Court culture.
  • There is a strong music and dance tradition at Barrs Court. We take great pride in performing well both in school and at public events.
  • Many of our children play instruments such as the recorder, violin, keyboard and flute. Children have the opportunity to showcase their efforts in assemblies and within school productions.
  • We listen to a wide range of music from different periods of history and from different cultures. We enter assembly listening to music that we might not otherwise listen to.